How to clean gold plated jewelry – CULT OF SUN
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When it comes to jewelry, gold has always held a special place in our heart. While solid gold might not always be accessible, gold plated jewelry allows us to embrace that trendy layered gold necklace look without breaking the bank. However, in order for it to last, gold-plated jewelry requires proper care and attention to maintain its radiant gold color. In this guide, we will break the myths and talk about how to clean gold plated jewelry so that it continue to shine brightly for years to come.

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What is Gold-Plated Jewelry

Before we dive into the care routine, it's essential to grasp the basics. Gold plated or gold filled jewelry consists of a base metal coated with a layer of gold. The gold itself does not tarnish, however – it’s the base metal that might darken or tarnish over time. Cult of Sun uses either brass or stainless steel base for our jewelry. Brass jewelry cannot be in contact with sea or pool water, while stainless steel jewelry is tarnish and water resistant as steel doesn’t tarnish or corrode.

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Protecting from Chemicals

One of the golden rules of caring for gold plated jewelry is to shield it from harsh chemicals. Substances such as perfumes, lotions, and hairsprays can cause the jewelry to tarnish and loose its bright gold color over time. Make it a habit to apply your beauty products and perfumes before putting your jewelry on, allowing them to dry completely. This simple step will protect your favorite pieces from chemical damage and ensure they will last for a long time.

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Storing with Love

Proper storage plays a crucial role in preserving your gold-plated jewelry. To prevent scratching or tangling, it's recommended to store each piece separately. Use soft pouches or jewelry boxes with individual compartments to avoid unnecessary friction, or hang your jewelry on the jewelry rack. Do not store your gold plated jewelry in the bathroom as humidity is number one reason that causes brass based jewelry to tarnish.

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Polishing: a Gentle Touch

To maintain that beautiful golden shine, regular polishing is important. We recommend to clean your jewelry at least once a month using soft cloth or a microfiber jewelry polishing cloth. Gently buff the surface of your jewelry to remove any dirt or greese build up, restoring its natural shine. Avoid excessive rubbing or abrasive materials that may scratch away the gold layer.

Water: Friend or Foe

Gold plated jewelry with stainless steel base is meant to be worn in the water as it is tarnish and water resistant, however brass based jewelry should not be in contact with water, especially pool or sea water, as it will trigger tarnishing process. It is fine to shower with high quality gold plated jewelry on occasionally, but we suggest that you avoid showing with your jewelry on frequently as this will also have an impact on its longevity.

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How long does gold plated jewelry last

The life of gold plated jewelry largely depends on the thickness of gold layer it has been plated with, but few more factors come into play as well. If you take proper care of your gold plated jewelry which means avoiding contact with water ( for brass base jewelry), avoiding scratching and tangling – you can wear your jewelry for few years. Unfortunately, even gold plated jewelry of highest quality is still not solid gold, which means it will not last forever, but its totally possible to make sure that it will last for a while.

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